Winter rock salt prices have increased by 16% over last year, County Highway Director Bill Hartman told the Allen County Commissioners on Friday.
The price will now be $85.78 per ton, Hartman said. There were four bidders on the contract, and Detroit Salt Company was $5 per ton cheaper than the next-lowest bidder. If the county purchases the same amount of salt it has in previous years, the total cost will be $772,020.
During their meeting Friday, the commissioners did not express any concerns about the added cost.
Last year, for the 2018-19 winter, the county purchased 9,000 tons of salt and used 7,267 tons, County Public Information Officer Mike Green said. During the 2017-2018 winter, the county highway department used 8,163 tons of rock salt to treat roads.
In other business, the commissioners accepted 2018 traffic painting work on several of Allen County Roads.
That contract, which totaled $257,106, was increased by about $4,987.
“In our striping contract, we had been doing the edge lines every other year north and south,” Hartman said. “And due to some complaint-driven requests, we added back the edge lines on quite a few of the roads we would have done every other year.”